USB hub questions

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kkamin, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. kkamin macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2009
    Hello, I want to buy a USB 2.0 HUB for my MacBook.

    I plan to plug an external hard drive into it, a mouse and a printer (maybe an ipod to charge too).

    Does it need a hub with power supply? All the devices will rarely be going simultaneously. It would be the mouse and hard drive most of the time. But I'd be editing video on the hard drive or Time Machine would be backing up data on it.

    Thanks, just a little confused with the power or no power aspect.
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I don't think it needs to be powered but it certainly will help. If I were plugging an external drive into one i'd want it to be powered.
  3. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    If you will be using a 2.5" external HD get a powered hub.
  4. designgeek macrumors 65816


    Jan 30, 2009
    plus if it's powered you can leave it unconnected from your computer and still charge stuff.

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